Kids In Crisis Spring Gala to be Held April 1

“A Night in Italy” at Burning Tree Country Club will raise critical funds for 

Kids In Crisis’ essential programming throughout Fairfield County.


The annual Kids In Crisis gala, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, will take place Saturday, April 1. Burning Tree Country Club will play host to “Grazie: A Night in Italy” and the evening will be emceed by Greenwich’s own Jodi Applegate. All proceeds raised will help fund the award-winning shelter, counseling and community-based programs provided by Kids In Crisis throughout Fairfield County.

Event co-chairs Kristen Forlini and Karen Tepper-Bauduin, along with the event committee, have an incredible evening planned. Sly the Piano Guy will entertain during cocktails while Paloma Skye will fill the dance floor later in the evening. Greenwich born and raised artist Katie Swatland will create a painting live on-site to auction off, and Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses will provide foliage to add to the Italian ambiance. 

“Our annual spring gala provides a significant support which we rely on to serve more than 5,000 children in need every year,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director for Kids In Crisis. “Kids In Crisis’ mission and programming has expanded exponentially over the past few years and our work is more important now than ever before. We are excited to bring together our strong community, introduce new supporters, and celebrate the incredible work of Kids In Crisis staff to raise the critical funds for Kids In Crisis programming throughout Fairfield County.”

The success of the annual gala relies entirely on the generosity of individuals and businesses within the community. This year’s sponsors include Morgan Stanley and Fairfield County LOOK. For details on additional underwriting, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, contact Alon Marom at To purchase limited-availability tickets or make a donation to the auction, visit

Kids In Crisis provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis. Crisis can include domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, economic difficulties, and other critical challenges. The Kids In Crisis Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, and provides free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since its founding in 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to more than 164,000 children and teens, and their families. More information can be found at Providers, educators, community members and family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour helpline for support: 203-661-1911.

Submitted by Stamford, CT

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